In partnership with the Favorite Poem Project, and in cooperation with the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Education, the Poetry Foundation is accepting applications for its second Summer Poetry Teachers Institute in Chicago, July 11-15, 2016. The five-day institute, which is based on US poet laureate Robert Pinsky’s successful Favorite Poem Project summer institute, will include seminars and readings with some of today’s most compelling poets. Participants will study and discuss poetry with renowned poetry practitioners, Poetry Foundation staff, and expert teachers to develop lesson plans to bring back to their classrooms. Faculty will include award-winning poets Robert Pinsky, CM Burroughs, Maggie Dietz, Eric McHenry, and Srikanth Reddy. Tuition and housing will be paid by the Poetry Foundation. The UIC College of Education will provide 30 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for completing the Institute. Housing will be provided on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus, located a few miles west of Chicago’s downtown Loop.

We invite teachers and teacher/administrator teams across grade levels—elementary, middle and high school—to apply. The Institute seeks a range of participants: new and experienced teachers, those who enjoy teaching poetry and those who have shied away from it. To apply, please fill out and submit this form: poetryfoundation.org/teacherinstitute. 

The application deadline is March 11. Spaces are limited and we encourage applying early.

If you have have any questions or have difficulty accessing the online application, please email Justine Haka: jhaka (at) poetryfoundation.org. Read more about the institute here


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Monday, July 11, 2016, 9:00 AM
Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 9:00 AM
Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 9:00 AM
Thursday, July 14, 2016, 9:00 AM
Friday, July 15, 2016, 9:00 AM
Application required; K-12 teachers welcome to apply